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LEKSAND, Sweden (CP) - The Canadian junior men's hockey team has forged team chemistry with ice water and insulting Christmas gifts.

The 22 players have spent almost every waking moment together on the road since the team was announced on Dec. 16 in Calgary.

The Canadians open the 2007 world junior hockey championship Tuesday against host Sweden (12:30 p.m.) feeling they've formed team chemistry through their team-building activities.

One of the first things they did together when they got off the plane in Finland on Dec. 17 was participate in that very Scandinavian ritual of sitting in a sauna and then hopping in cold water and repeating that several times.

"There's no better way to get to know your teammate than naked in a cold lake," laughed Canadian head coach Craig Hartsburg. "It was a lot of fun.:laugh:

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